Coastal Academy Has a Field Day with the 8 Keys of Excellence

It’s the start of yet another school year, but it’s not business as usual for the students of The Coastal Academy.With the help of parents and teachers, a group of middle schoolers on the Student Leadership Team put together an “8 Keys Field Day” held yesterday in a local Oceanside park.

At this special event, students were invited to rotate between 8 different stations to grasp a better understanding of The 8 Keys of Excellence. At each of the 8 stations they experienced a key, its definition and body motion, and a story and activity pertaining to the key. Here is a summary of some of the activities held at each station:

Integrity: Students engaged in a game of Jenga with classmates. In this game, as more and more pieces are taken out, the tower becomes weaker. Students were explained that his is also what happens to our integrity when our actions don’t align with our values. Because of this, they learned that their integrity is stronger when their values and behaviors are aligned.


Failure Leads to Success: Students were asked to build a tower of cups. This displayed the Failure Leads to Success Key because, while often times the cups fell and they had to re-build the tower, they finally finished the tower and achieved success.

Failure Leads to Success

Speak with Good Purpose: Students played a game called “Two Truths and a Lie,” where one student told three statements about themselves, two true and one a lie, and other students tried to guess which one was the lie. They then discussed why it’s important not to lie to others and to practice Speaking With Good Purpose on a regular basis. They also took turns throwing bean bags at blocks displaying various positive and negative words, trying to knock out the negative words.

Speak with Good Purpose

This Is It: Students participated in a game of tug-of-war, signifying the importance of being in the moment and trying your best at whatever it is that you’re doing.

This is It

Commitment: What better way to practice Commitment than to participate in a 3-legged race? Students learned that it’s important to stay committed to the activities in their lives and not to give up when the going gets tough.


Ownership: Students got low for the Limbo and learned to take ownership and admit when they touched the stick and were out of the game. When the stick became too low to get under, students began stepping over it, signifying that they were Living Above the Line.


Flexibility: The boys were instructed to weave through an obstacle course of cones while the girls moved the cones to different places. This taught students to be flexible and keep moving through the course even though the path was changed.


Balance: One student was instructed to hold a stick with bags on each end, while other students added bean bags to each side. The object was to keep the two sides in balance so one side wasn’t heavier or more impacted than the other. This taught students that it’s easier to handle situations when they have Balance in their lives.


Way to go, Coastal Academy! This “8 Keys Field Day” was a great way to introduce the 8 Keys of Excellence to students and get them excited for the school year ahead.


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